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1991 Philadelphia mayoral election

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1991 Philadelphia mayoral election

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Turnout61%[1] Decrease 10 pp
Mayor Ed Rendell.jpg
Nominee Ed Rendell Joseph M. Egan, Jr.
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 288,467 132,811
Percentage 64.24% 29.58%

Mayor before election

Wilson Goode

Elected Mayor

Ed Rendell

Democratic primary




Philadelphia mayoral Democratic primary, 1991
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Rendell 146,373 49.50%
Democratic Lucien Blackwell 79,212 26.79%
Democratic George R. Burrell, Jr. 43,787 14.81%
Democratic Peter Hearn 26,353 8.91%

Republican primary




  • Joan Specter, City Councilwoman[3] (to run for re-election)
  • Dennis Morrison-Wesley, tax consultant[3][4] (to run as New Philadelphia candidate)



Philadelphia mayoral Republican primary, 1991
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Rizzo 47,523 36.45%
Republican Ronald Castille 46,094 35.35%
Republican Sam Katz 36,764 28.20%

Following Rizzo's death, City Council candidate Joseph Egan was selected by the Philadelphia Republican Party to replace Rizzo as the nominee.[5]

Independents and third parties


  • Pamela Lawler

New Alliance

  • Willie Dennis-Scott

New Philadelphia

  • Dennis Morrison-Wesley, tax consultant

Socialist Workers

General election


Philadelphia mayoral election, 1991[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Ed Rendell 288,467 64.24%
Republican Joseph M. Egan, Jr. 132,811 29.58%
New Philadelphia Dennis Morrison-Wesley 14,640 3.26%
Citizens Pamela Lawler 9,367 2.09%
New Alliance Willie Dennis Scott 1,934 0.43%
Socialist Workers Kathleen Mickells 1,811 0.40%
Turnout 449,030 100.00%
Democratic hold Swing


  1. ^ Denvir, Daniel (22 May 2015). "Voter Turnout in U.S. Mayoral Elections Is Pathetic, But It Wasn't Always This Way". City Lab. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Decourcy Hinds, Michael (20 May 1991). "The Primary for Mayor Is Leaving Many in Philadelphia Befuddled". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Lutton, Christine (6 February 1991). "Council veteran awaits the call". The Daily Pennsylvanian. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  4. ^ Schwartz, Maralee (27 January 1991). "FORMER MAYOR RIZZO MAKING ANOTHER BID TO LEAD PHILADELPHIA". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  5. ^ Decourcy Hinds, Michael (3 August 1991). "Philadelphia Journal; Egan for Mayor. Ah, but Which One?". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Mayors of the City of Philadelphia 1691-2000". City of Philadelphia. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
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